Lewis takes Commonwealth England role

Denise Lewis won heptathlon gold at the 2000 Olympics

Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis has been appointed president of Commonwealth Games England.

Lewis, 43, succeeds Dame Kelly Holmes, who spent six years in the part.

The 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion will give “leadership and guidance” before the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on Australia’s Gold Coast.

“I am thrilled I have the possibility to perform with, and support, England’s athletes and help them towards becoming a Commonwealth medallist,” mentioned Lewis.

“I realize what help is required in order to enable athletes to prepare and compete to the very best of their potential.”

As well as her Olympic accomplishment in Sydney, Lewis won Commonwealth titles in 1994 and 1998.

Commonwealth Games England manages the participation and preparation of the England group.

Its chairman, Ian Metcalfe, stated Lewis’ function will be “important”, adding: “We’re specific that her encounter as an elite athlete will inspire the subsequent generation of Team England athletes and assist CGE in supporting them.”

England topped the medal table at final year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have been third in September’s Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.